March 30, 2017 | Eater Houston
by Amy McCarthy
The robatayaki chain’s first Texas outpost opens in Houston this May
Houston’s Japanese cuisine scene will soon get a little bit stronger with the addition of Roka Akor, a Japanese robatayaki concept that is finally ready to make its debut Downtown.
Announced via release, Roka Akor will open on the ground floor of Downtown’s 2929 Weslayan building. It’s the first Texas outpost for the chain, which currently operates locations in Scottsdale, Chicago, and San Francisco. For those who aren’t familiar with the term “robatayaki,” it literally means “fireside cooking,” meaning that the menu will largely revolve around dishes prepared on the restaurant’s robata grill.
Roka Akor corporate chef Ce Bian and sushi whiz Mike Lim will open the Houston outpost, serving up a menu of sushi, nigiri, and appetizer. Also on offer are Prime steaks, which can be showered in freshly-shaved truffles and a variety of fancy sauces. An omakase option will also be available, but no word on the price point just yet.
Roka Akor will occupy a 6,500 square foot space at 2929 Weslayan, complete with a sushi bar and three private dining rooms. Diners will also be able to choose seating that provides a view of all the action at the robata grill. An outdoor patio will offer seating for 100.
Roka Akor is set to make its Houston debut in May 2017.